Changing careers, whether that change involves moving to a new profession or to a new industry, can be a challenge. A well-written industry career change resume that emphasizes your transferable skills and strengths while downplaying industry-specific language is essential.
This example resume illustrates how that can be accomplished during an industry change, by strategically wording the resume in a way that downplays industry while showcasing the qualifications that would be transferable to other industries. For example, managing P&L, leading change initiatives, hiring and training staff, handling customer relations, and other similar skills that are essential for administrative management roles.
Note that we didn’t hide any industry information. Instead, in this career change resume we shifted attention to qualifications and accomplishments that would apply to other industries and downplayed specific industry expertise.
This particular client thought that he may be interested in working in a healthcare-related industry, which would have been somewhat related to his most recent work in a veterinary hospital, so we left in some of the relevant keywords for that industry. However, he did not want to work in the veterinary industry again, so we deemphasized those keywords.
The snapshot section that you see under each of this job seeker’s employment history calls attention to the big-picture contribution he made at each company. Ask yourself “How was the company better off for having had me in that position? What is the lasting benefit of the work I did?” The answers to these questions will often give you clues as to what you would include in the snapshot, if you were to use this technique in your own resume.
At Distinctive Career Services we write many career change resumes and can help you identify the most important transferable skills and experience to showcase. We also provide objective feedback and advice regarding what you should not include in your resume.